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Updated 7/27/2018 2:55 PM
An eastern pondhawk dragonfly lands on Bill Kaempfe's hand in a Mt. Prospect backyard on Sunday, July 14.
An eastern pondhawk dragonfly lands on Bill Kaempfe's hand in a Mt. Prospect backyard on Sunday, July 14.
Bill Kaempfe of Mt. Prospect
My son Casey and his shadow attempt to scale the center field wall for a home run ball. Casey was playing in the Cooperstown Dreams Park u12 tournament over the week of July 13th, 2018
My son Casey and his shadow attempt to scale the center field wall for a home run ball. Casey was playing in the Cooperstown Dreams Park u12 tournament over the week of July 13th, 2018
Chip DeLorenzo of Naperville
I thought that this katydid casting its shadow on the petal of a day lily was another example of nature's beauty revealing itself!
I thought that this katydid casting its shadow on the petal of a day lily was another example of nature's beauty revealing itself!
George Martwick of Warrenville
I took this photo of this beautiful Cedar Waxwing at the Graue Mill in Oakbrook. They fly around chasing each other and seldom land. I was lucky when this one took a little break.
I took this photo of this beautiful Cedar Waxwing at the Graue Mill in Oakbrook. They fly around chasing each other and seldom land. I was lucky when this one took a little break.
Todd A. Sherlock of Downers Grove
A horned owl's piercing stare in the Birds of Prey exhibit at the Stillman Nature Preserve In Barrington for Mother's Day, May 13.
A horned owl's piercing stare in the Birds of Prey exhibit at the Stillman Nature Preserve In Barrington for Mother's Day, May 13.
Lindsey Krueger of Libertyville
Early morning on Lake Finley near St. Germain, Wisconsin this month.
Early morning on Lake Finley near St. Germain, Wisconsin this month.
Pam Balcer of Rolling Meadows
Two roseate spoonbills cross paths near a water retention pond in Pearland, Texas in early June. They pranced at the edge of a pond trying to find the perfect spot for fishing with their large beaks.
Two roseate spoonbills cross paths near a water retention pond in Pearland, Texas in early June. They pranced at the edge of a pond trying to find the perfect spot for fishing with their large beaks.
Jeanne Garrett of Arlington Heights
Iris S. Cooley of Hawthorn WoodsSeveral bees were having a passionflower party in Hawthorn Woods on July 19.
Iris S. Cooley of Hawthorn WoodsSeveral bees were having a passionflower party in Hawthorn Woods on July 19.
A view of the Mackinac Bridge in 2013. The bridge is nearly 5 miles long, has a span of 3,800 feet, and is the longest bridge of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and the 5th longest in the world.
A view of the Mackinac Bridge in 2013. The bridge is nearly 5 miles long, has a span of 3,800 feet, and is the longest bridge of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and the 5th longest in the world.
James Marsh of Gurnee
While visiting our daughter in Jordan, we toured the ancient Greco-Roman city Jerash (known as Gerasa in the Bible) and took this picture of colonnaded forum or plaza.
While visiting our daughter in Jordan, we toured the ancient Greco-Roman city Jerash (known as Gerasa in the Bible) and took this picture of colonnaded forum or plaza.
Chris Solem of Dundee Township
Svengoolie the cat keeping an eye on this suspicious looking bird. The metal sculpture is the most recent addition to the garden this year.
Svengoolie the cat keeping an eye on this suspicious looking bird. The metal sculpture is the most recent addition to the garden this year.
Marilyn Estes of Dundee
While walking along the Fox River bike trail in St. Charles the first week of July, I photographed this thistle plant growing on the edge of the river. It's shape and texture kind of reminded me of a miniature Hawaiian pineapple.
While walking along the Fox River bike trail in St. Charles the first week of July, I photographed this thistle plant growing on the edge of the river. It's shape and texture kind of reminded me of a miniature Hawaiian pineapple.
Mike Weimer of St. Charles
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